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After making the decision to take a pregnancy test I went to Tesco's to pick one up. You are greeted by hundreds of different brands at a range of different costs. My period was not due until the following day so I decided to go withe the reputable First Response. As it states on the pack it tells you first.. 6 days early.
I picked up two packs at a cost of about £12.00. Certainly not the cheapest. After following the instructions, I waited for the result. The first line came up instantly. After 3 minutes your result is ready. I had one very clear line and the faintest, barely visible line in the second. In my opinion most people would have chucked the test in the bin and believed they weren't pregnant. Only because I over analyse and check everything multiple times did I begin to doubt the negative result.
I took the second test and the same thing happened, the line was possibly even fainter on the second test.
If you want to know your pregnant do not get this test. It does not give you any answers.
Another trip to Tesco's and I purchased a digital test. This simply gives you the answer Pregnant or not pregnant. There is no way of misreading it! Clear Blue all the way. First Response.. Never Again.
After getting a very faint, very early result on a mega cheap, basic pregnancy test, I decided that rather than believe my eyes I would confirm the result on various other brands of pregnancy test. Among those other brands was this the First Response Early Response otherwise known as FRER, which is definitely amongst the most expensive available, coming in at approximately £8 for a single test when bought on the High Street or £7.49 for a twin pack when purchased from Amazon. Comparing this to what I paid for the basic strips that gave me the initial positive result, at their cheapest the FRER tests are nearly 50x the price (the cheap tests ended up costing under 10p each).
First Response advertise this particular test as being able to detect a pregnancy up to 6 days before a period is due. It is worth noting that they also produce another test that can only be used on the day a period is due and that the packaging for both types of test is nearly identical, so do make sure you've picked up the correct test. Within the box each test is wrapped in foil and there is a separate information leaflet, that is reasonably comprehensive. I do have to admit that the foil wrapping were quite difficult to open, there didn't seem to be any "tear here" indicator. Unlike the cheaper tests, the FRER are of the cartridge variety, with an absorbent tip hidden beneath a cap at one end and the results window approximately midway on the stick that you hold. These test are designed to peed on rather than dipped in urine and you should hold the absorbent end in a stream of urine for three seconds. I'm not sure why that specific amount of time, or what would happen if you left it there longer, but there must be a reason. Once you've peed on the stick, you simply need to replace the cap, place the test on a horizontal surface and wait for the results to appear.
The instructions state that a result should be visible within three minutes, but if not to wait another minute and look again. Results can take up to ten minutes to appear and if a positive result appears after this time-scale it should be ignored as evaporation lines (grey/colourless lines that look almost positive) can appear after this time. As with the majority of pregnancy tests available today, the FRER can give one of three results. If two lines appear then the hormone HCG (which is generally only secreted in pregnancy) has been detected and you are probably pregnant. If a single line appears in the control area (furthest from the wet end) then the hormone has not been detected and you are either most probably not pregnant, or simply not far enough along to be excreting enough HCG to trigger the test. If no lines appear or one line appears in the test area and none in the control then the test is invalid and you will need to retest.
While I cannot find exactly what level of HCG these tests will react to, I am assuming that it is 10mui, as they claim to give a result so early. While the manufacturer claims that these tests are 99% accurate on the day your period is due this does reduce significantly the earlier you take the test. At five days before your period is due, the tests are only able to pick up a pregnancy 62% of the time, at four days it is 78%, three 87% and two 98%, so if you are testing early then you may get a negative result and still indeed be pregnant. With these types of early pregnancy test it is also possible that they may pick up a very early pregnancy that is not viable and ends with a period at the normal time (chemical pregnancy).
I first used these tests several months ago when I was desperate to get pregnant after a miscarriage and was testing well before each period. Other than the fact that the packaging was difficult to open and it was quite a challenge to differentiate between these and the standard tests, I found them easy to use. With previous tests I always got a very obvious negative result with no evaporation lines, but I did notice that unlike most home pregnancy tests the lines are very thin. This month I had already had some very faint positives on very cheap tests and was looking for confirmation and was hoping that as these test are marketed as giving a positive result earlier than any other test on the market I would get a somewhat stronger line on them at four days before my period was due.
While for most people the best time of day to take a pregnancy test is first thing in the morning, for some reason I test better at lunchtime, so this is when I took the test. I checked a result after three minutes, fully expecting at least a very faint line to be visible without needing to squint, to be disappointed. After another minute, there was what could possibly have been interpreted as a positive result, only the line was so thin that it was hard to tell, and that is my major problem with these tests. I did indeed get a very faint positive four days before my period was due, but the line was so thin it was hard to see, if anything it was harder to see than the line on the 10p tests. As I had bought a twin pack of tests, I decided use the second test a couple of days later to see if the line had darkened any, which it had, but I still found that the thinness of the line made comparison difficult.
While these tests do indeed do what they say on the tin and detect early pregnancies, I can't really recommend them. For one thing there are other tests that will detect pregnancy just as early for far less money (the cheap ultra early one steps). Also with the pregnancy being confirmed so early there is a chance that it is not viable and will end in a regular period, which means that if you have already suffered losses you will have a few days extra stress and want to retest regularly to ensure the line is getting darker, and these are simply not economical for this. My final problem with these tests is that the actual test lines on them are simply too thin and make reading the results harder than it should be. I'm therefore giving the First Response Early Response pregnancy tests three stars out of five, as although they do work there are cheaper alternatives available that work just as well and are easier to read
As someone who has been trying to get pregnant for years and years, I know pretty much all the tests out there. This is one of the most reliable and sensitive tests I've used.
Ease of use
Just remove the cap, urinate on the end of the stick for 5 seconds or in a cup and dip it for 5 seconds. then replace the cap and wait.
Speed of results
Results can show immediatley with a strong positive, or take up to 3 minutes to show if there is not much HCG in the urine.
Reading the results
There will be 2 pink lines if you are pregnant and 1 if you are not.
I have used many a pregnancy test, over many years of desperately trying to get pregnant. And I have never seen a false positive or evaporation line on a First response test. When I actually did get pregnant back in 2010, at only 11 days past ovulation, this test showed a clear pink line in seconds, while other tests were either negative, or very very faint.
These tests claim to read about 25miu of hcg in the urine, but research into pregnancy tests have show much better sensitivity with these, as low as 6miu!! In my view, these are one of the most sensitive tests out there.
These tests are expensive. If you are constantly trying to get pregnant every month, it might be better to use cheaper internet tests and if you think you have a second line, use the more expensive test. A 2 pack is about £12 at boots or a single test for £10, or cheaper online. Of course if you are a normal person you could just test if your period is late.
Overall I really do like these tests. They are my "go to" test if I think I might actually be pregnant. I have never been let down by these tests, some tests have shown false lines and caused much pain and upset but not these. I love them.
First Response Pregnancy Test.
The First Response Pregnancy Test really does what it claims on the front and will give you a result within minutes a lot quicker than other pregnancy tests that are on the market. This is ideal for so many people as it is the waiting that is often the most difficult aspect in the first initial stage of pregnancy.
The one downside of the First Response Pregnancy Test kit has got to be the price. At a little over £10 for two tests it really is very expensive. What you are paying for however it the amount of plastic and packaging as well as the smaller amount of HCG hormone to activate the test when compared to some other cheaper test. Although eBay tend to have a fair few people who sell the tests that are used by professionals and these are just strips rather than chunky plastic kits but can still have a good performance rating.
This First Response Pregnancy Test is easy to use and just needs the sealed test kit being removed from the box of two, the outer silver foiling removing and then to be held in a stream of urine for 5 seconds or to be dipped in urine for 5 seconds. The results of the test can be read within 3 or so minutes and the results are easy to understand and not only given in a leaflet inside the box, on the box itself and then again on each individual plastic test so really misinterpreting the test would be pretty difficult.
If the test is negative there will be one top solid line that appears in the viewing window. If the test is positive there will be two lines in the test window. The second bottom line may well be fainter or not quite so noticeable as the first but more often than not if there are two lines the result is positive.
There is more chance of the test giving a false negative than there is of the test reading a false positive.
The First Response Kit is said to give a accurate result from 6 days before a missed period and will give a result at least 1 day sooner than any other pregnancy test on the market.
All in all this First Response Test Kit seems like an okay option. As far as buying pregnanacy tests from a pharmacy goes they are all pretty expensive and I found it easy to use and easy to read the results.
I think I can easily award this product a score of 4 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation with the minus mark purely being for the cost of the things!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I had been trying for a baby for a few years, and each month was disappointed. One month, I had an overwhelming urge to do a pregnancy test. It was one day before my period was due, so kept telling myself to not waste my money and wait. However, by lunch time my urges got the better of me so I nipped to Boots and grabbed a pack of two First Response pregnancy tests. I paid £10.99.
The instructions are simple; hold the stick in your urine for a few seconds, wait for the window to fill pink and wait for the one (or two!!!) pink lines to appear. I waited until I was full to bursting and did my business in the loo and waited... and waited... and waited. Absolutely nothing appeared. The pink fog had clouded the window, but no pink lines. I put the test in my handbag feeling disheartened and irritated. I kept checking the test throughout the day, but it must have been faulty as still nothing. I did the other test when I got home and this time one pink line appeared; not pregnant. Throwing the tests in the bin with force, I went to bed miserable. That urge was still there, however, and I was feeling somewhat different. The next day, I sent the hubbie out to Tesco to grab one of their own kits. It was positive!
Whether or not I did something wrong, I don't know, but how difficult is it to do a pregnancy test? Maybe my hormones just weren't strong enough for the test to detect, but the manufacturers claim that it can give you an accurate result up to six days before your period is due. The day before your period is sue, it's meant to be 99% accurate. Perhaps I'm just one of those 1% of unlucky people?
From my personal experience, I wouldn't recommend this pregnancy test. One in the box was faulty, and the other one missed my pregnancy completely.
I have bought this test as i thought its more trustworthy, and it appears that cheap tests for 1 pound detect pregnancy 1 day before this one. It showed however faint line 2 days before missed period. Ladies, definitely not worth the price. Get on ebay 10uM once for much much cheaper and u will have earlier detection anyway.
I'd been ttc for 5 months and was constantly spending fortunes on a variety of pregnancy tests. I bought first response as it claims to be able to tell you results 6 days before missed period. I bought a twin pack for £10.50 from my local chemist. It came in a bright pink box and instructions were easy to follow. I took the test 5 days before my period as I was going out and didn't want to drink if I knew I was pregnant. The results were clearly negative. I decided to take the other the day before my period as it was driving me mad with waiting, again this was negative. Upset and deflated I resigned to the fact I had another 4 weeks of waiting. Sure enough my period didn't arrive, after the disappointment with first response I decided to buy the clear blue digital £10.40 for 2 at tesco. I took this test the day after my expected period and woooohooooo I'm pregnant. I will never use first response again. Good luck to everyone else ttc. X
I bought the first response pregnancy test when I was trying to conceive my third child. I went for this one specifically because I am a very impatient person and couldn't wait the dreaded two weeks even though it was the first month of trying!
In the bright pink box are two identically wrapped pregnancy tests, that are very easy to use, you simply unwrap, take off the lid and then wee on the stick then you replace the lid and wait for three minutes to see the results. If there is only one pink line you are not pregnant if there are two however you are pregnant, it really is as easy as that. But make sure you read the instructions carefully before you take the test.
I tested for pregnancy three days before my period was due and I got one very dark pink line and one very faint line after a three minute wait, so faint I was almost convinced that I was imagining it until I showed it to my husband, but just to make sure three days later I took the second test and there were two very dark pink lines appeared straight away , I was pregnant after all!
This is a brilliant product if you are as impatient as I am and can't wait to find out if there is another little bundle on the way, but be aware that the early testing doesn't work for every body it depends how many hormones you have produced.
I have used these First Response tests a few times, both when I was pregnant and when it turned out that I wasn't.
First Resonse tests can either be bought in single or twin packs. Personally I always prefer to buy the twin packs as no matter what the result is, you usually want to check it again the next day.
The tests come in a cardboard pack that is sealed with cellophane. The pack is primarily pink and has a picture of the test on the front.
The back of the pack has the basic user instructions and tells you that the test can detect the pregnancy hormone 5 days before the day of your expected period.
The tests themselves are made of white plastic. They are about 5 inches long, just over half an inch wide and about half an inch deep.
To use the tests you remove the pink cap at one end of the stick and hold the dipstick in your urine stream for a few seconds. Alternatively, you can wee in a container and then dip the stick in.
The results will appear within 3 minutes, although if the pregnancy hormone is strong, you will see almost instant results.
Two pink lines means that you are pregnant. If just one pink line appears, it means that the test has worked correctly, but you are not pregnant (or, it is too early for the pregnancy hormone to be registered.
With my 2nd child, these tests confirmed my pregnancy about 3 days before my period was due.
I have had no trouble with ghost lines with these tests (a colourless shadow where the 2nd line should be, which leads you to believe you might be pregnant, when you're actually not). I think these tests are very accurate and sensitive.
If you are only in the very early days of pregnancy, your 2nd line might be really faint. In this sense the tests are not as definitive as a digital, which gives you a definite pregnant or not pregnant. However, testing 24 - 48 hours later will give you confirmation.
Price wise I think these test are very reasonable. The last twin pack I bought cost me £9.99 and was also on BOGOF in Boots, so I got 4 tests for £10 - bargain!
If you want your suspicions confirmed, these are decent pregnancy tests that will give you a reliable result.
I've waited a while to write this review as I didn't want to tempt fate. Maybe I will be more positive about this test as it gave me the result I wanted! But having tried other tests, I do believe this is the best one on the market.
**Why are these special?***
The unique selling point of First Response tests are that they claim to give results up to 6 days early. The key words here are 'up to' and it really isn't advisable to test until your period is due as it can cause extra disappointment and upset, not to mention unnecessary expense on your pocket!
I had got some poundland cheapies (you get two in a pack) in for a quick test fix as it's quite addictive wanting to find out if you are pregnant or not. In March, I did a cheapie and could see a feint pg line so the next day I whipped out the First Response test that I'd had waiting for this very moment.
**Techniques of catching wee***
Always use the first wee of the day as it's more concentrated and will pick up if the all important HGC chemical is in your urine. The experts recommend a sample from the middle of the wee but sometimes that's easier said than done! With the cheaper tests, it's better to pee in a pot and dip the stick in or you can spoil the results, but with First Response, it's easy, you just pee on the absorbent tip for a few seconds and then recap the lid and set it down to wait three minutes before you read the results.
Having had the feint test the previous day I was really optimistic that the test would show up positive. One line is the test line and the second line is the deciding factor. Sure enough it came up after a minute and that was me pregnant. It's very very rare to get a false positive result on a test but some people leave them too long to read and see an evaporation line which looks like a second line. I think this is more likely to happen on a cheapie stick than one of the more substantial plastic covered tests. The FR also uses pink dye which I've heard is more reliable than the blue dye ones but I'm not sure if that's true or not.
**Not a cheap buy***
I touched earlier that these tests aren't cheap, at Boots they are £8.49 for a single test and £10.49 for a twin pack. I bought mine on special offer and got the Boots points too of course.
**Why get a two pack?**
A few people wonder why you would ever need more than one test if you're late for your period... but it really is a different story when it's something you want and you want to confirm it again and again when it actually happens!
I do genuinely think these are the clearest, most reliable and no-nonsense tests to use although I wouldn't recommend using them earlier than your period is due.
***On another note...***
Good luck to all those reading this who are trying and don't forget to wave the wee-covered stick in your partner's face once you get your result!
When my husband and I decided to try for a baby last year we spent a lot of time thinking about our finances and planning when to get pregnant so with all that planning when the time came to find out if it had all been worth it we needed a reliable home pregnancy test (HPT).
As we were actively trying to conceive the first month I was prepared and purchased some HPT strips, not very clear but would give us a negative or positive result.
After doing the deed and waiting for the dreaded two weeks to see if we had been successful my period was late but the testing strips were not showing positive results after being 4 days late I was going mad I was having period pain cramps but no sign of a period so I made hubby dash out to purchase me a test that would give us a clear yes or no answer and this was what he returned with.
Priced at £6.97 in Asda for 2 tests I couldn't wait for the following morning to test, I just had to do it there and then.
The test is a bright pink box with white text and can predict your pregnancy very early. This however I do not feel is a set guarantee as some people have been pregnant and not gotten a positive reading from a test until around 14 weeks.
*~*Using the Test*~*
The test comes in a sealed box with protective wrapping, insire the box are two tests which are individually sealed.
A set of instructions are also included in the box.
The test states that it is accurate enough to do at anytime of the day, some times tests work better first thing in the morning as that is when the pregnancy hormone is at its strongest.
To use the test you must remove the lid from the end of the test where there is an absorbent tip which is what should be directed into the flow of your urine or if you prefer you can pee into a jar and dip it in for 10 seconds then replace the lid and leave for approximately 3 minutes.
I have to say as this was our first attempt at conceiving and both being totally nervous this was the longest 3 minutes of our life, we read the instructions over and over again and then returned to the bathroom to check the results of the test and it was positive!
Having taken 5 testing strips before and them all coming out negative I had set the result to also show negative so imaging my suprise when there it was a big fat positive!
This has to be one of the easiest tests to do but if you can bear the tension then I do recommend that you read the instructions at least twice or have your other half read them out to you if you prefer.
Thankfully I have not had to try any other tests as we all know how expensive they can be but if you get two lines then you are pregnant, only one line and it's a negative it really is as simple as that and if like me you were waiting to see if you are pregnant this test is ideal as it can detect the pregnancy hormone earlier than some other home pregnancy testing kits.
Since coming off the pill a few years ago, my periods had been erratic. My GP referred me for a Day 21 progesterone test to check whether I was ovulating and it came back negative so she asked me to make an appointment to see her. The night before the appointment I decided to take a pregancy test to rule that out as the cause of my lack of periods. I chose the First response early result pregnancy test. Imagine my shock when it came out positive! I was only 4 weeks pregnant by then and now have a beautiful baby boy.
Now we have decided to try for baby number two things haven't gone so well. I'm using ovulation tests to pinpoint my time of ovulation. It turns out I ovulate really late in my cycle, around day 24! Being quite an impatient person and expecting to get pregnant first month of trying again I bought another First response pregnancy test. It claims to give results as early as 6 days before your missed period.
It is very easy to use, just take the cap off, put the absorbent tip in your urine stream for a few seconds and read the result in 3 minutes. Two pink lines is a positive result, one line a negative. I decided to use it 4 days before my period was due, and was very disappointed when i got a negative. However my period became overdue by two days and I took another one and this time it came up positive! You could barely see the line though, so I took a clearblue digital test for confirmation and that came up positive too! I think it didn't work for me earlier because I ovulate late in my cycle.
So obviously the test does work so what's the downside? Finding out your pregnant that early on isn't always a good thing as after getting overjoyed, I went on to miscarry at 6 weeks. Due to this I've decided never to test early again.
From my local chemists a single first response test costs £5.99 or a double costs £7.99. I would recommend the double pack as it's so much better value for money.
I probably wont buy this test again as it is more expensive than ones you can use from the day your period is due and I don't plan on testing early again. For those of you that want to test early though, it does work but the faint line can be hard to see. I would recommend the clearblue digital instead.
I bought the twin pack First response all came up negative I bought a new pack 3days later and tested that day and the next day both negative...I tested again two days later STILL negative. Hours later I was doubled over in pain and went to the hospital I had a swollen tube(infection) and guess what? I WAS PREGNANT!!! Dont trust it at all! My HCG was well over 100 and it still said NEG!!Grrr
i personally tried first response i did not get a clear reading i got a dark not pregnant line with a faded your pregnant line. i took the second pregnancy test and got no responce. i have used other brands in the past and got great results. i have two children i took the pregnancy test just i was suppost to. i am very unsatisfied customer. Jenni mcmanus @ firstname.lastname@example.org
I used this test when i thought i was pregnant for the third time. Already having a little girl and a miscariage i new my way round the pregnacy test department. It is not the test i usually buy, i usually get Boots own make but there was none in so i picked up this one.
After discovering two pages stuck together in my diary i realised that my period was actually a full week past.
After using the test i thought that all was well as i couldnt see any line, but after closer examination by my freind she said that she thought she could see a very faint line in certain lights.
Unsure i had to go to superdrug and buy another kit which showed a big red dot clear as day.
Although this kit did give me the right reading i felt a little put off by the fact that had i not had my freind with me i would have not thought i was pregnant. The superdrug test worked fine yet despite being a week late on my period this kit which claims to be able to tell you before you miss a period didnt show up a good enough answer. The line was so faint that my partner couldnt see it at all and i had to show him the other one instead.
First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test claims to be the first and only home pregnancy test that can be used three days before their expected peRiod – that’s four days earlier than any other at-home test / The test aims to help make it possible for you to receive quicker knowledge of your pregnancy so you can begin prenatal care even sooner, promoting an earlier healthy start to your baby’s life